Each second weekend of October, the Hickory Downtown Development Association hosts the Hickory Oktoberfest on Union Square in Downtown Hickory, NC. The festival covers about five city blocks so it’s hard to miss. Follow the directions below and let us know if you have questions!
I-40 from the East:
Come to Exit #125. Exit right onto Lenoir-Rhyne Blvd. Go approximately 1 mile to large intersection, which is 1st Avenue (sign also says “Tate Boulevard” on the sign to the right). Turn left. Go approximately 12 blocks to 3rd Street SW. Turn right. Go under RR underpass. Find a place to park and come and enjoy the fun!.
I-40 from the West:
Come to Exit #123. Follow signs carefully that say “Hwy 321 North”. Get onto Hwy 321 North, stay in right lane and turn right onto Hwy 70. Go to the second light (Regal Inn will be on the right). Turn left onto 4th Street SW. Go through the next light, then bear right at the “Y-intersection” onto 3rd Street Drive SW. (There’s a convenience store at that “Y”). Go straight on 3rd St. Drive SW until you go under the RR underpass. Find a place to park and come and enjoy the fun!.
Highway 321 South from Lenoir, NC:
After crossing the Catawba River bridge, turn left at the first stop light (Arby’s) on to Old Lenoir Road. It becomes 3rd Avenue NW. Take it to 3rd Street NW, turn right. Go straight until just before the underpass. Find a place to park and come and enjoy the fun!.
Highway 321 North from Gastonia, NC:
Travel Highway 321 North to Highway 70 (Exit 44 – exit immediately after I-40 exit). Turn right at the top of the ramp. Go to the second stop light. Turn left onto Fourth Street SW. Turn right at Main Ave. (the first road to the right after the rail road tracks). Continue straight to the stop sign at 3rd Street NW. Find a place to park and come and enjoy the fun!.
Use Our Map!
Use the interactive map below to find the festival and some places to park.